(Laura Hales & Contributors (A Reason for Faith)–Benchmark Books, 5/11/16) We appreciate Laura Hales’ commentary because it is an honest statement regarding this new scholarship.
We do not believe the “reconstructed narrative”, promoted in books like is committed to the traditional perspective of LDS doctrine and history, we are also dedicated to discussing these issues in a civil, constructive manner.
We are insistent that on this website, no one will be denounced or censured for holding an alternative viewpoint.
Contrast this new perspective with the Son of God’s declaration to Nicodemus.
is determined to tackle the “tough questions” regarding LDS Church history and doctrine.
In this post, we will hear from historians who are encouraging a “new era.” One scholar has even called for the “foundation” to be torn down and completely rebuilt.
The proposed “reconstructed narrative” of LDS Church History as well as the life and character of the Prophet Joseph Smith is admittedly a departure from the traditional or “dominant narrative” given to us by past Church historians including Willard Richards (present at the Carthage martyrdom), George A.
Could this new history lead to, rather than help, a crisis in faith?
When describing the faith crisis Bushman experienced at Harvard, he explained, “[I am] not someone who has a ‘simple faith’ where just everything is absolutely true beyond any doubt.” Is Bushman alone in his perspective? Barney was the Executive Director of the Mormon History Association and has previously served as an Associate Editor of the Joseph Smith Papers.
The research and conclusions change dramatically over time.